Ladies wore tight fitting jackets, high white collars or ruffs a brooch at the neck, lots of buttons in rows, tight fitting sleeves, odd little hats, hair plain or curls usually pulled back.
The back of the card is quite filled with print, with medals, famous customers, branches, and could be artistic.
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Family historians often wonder whether their poorer forebears would have been able to dress very fashionably.
This is a good question but photographic evidence suggests that in many cases even humbler working ancestors followed the latest styles.
Photographs of people arranged by year 1860 to 1915 People by Year 5.
Date the CDV printer - See the tiny name on the back, look for the Marion date code. A large list of photographs and photographers each with an estimated date A-Z list of dated photographs 7. Because photographers were listed in local Trade Directories, a great amount of work has gone into listing them, by year, to see when the company was in business. Photographers (by Michael Pritchard) (477KB - whole book!
The card may have rounded corners - (mid to late 1870s). (Some still show full length and a carpet in the early 1870s) 1880s The ladies dress may be severe and close fitting or it has a bustle (1881-1886 ish), skirts had pleated edges, boys wore sailor suits and velvet suits, Men did not wear frock coats and wore a morning-coat suit or a lounge suit, top hat, bowler or straw hat.